My parents-in-law are big Fox News fans. They’re incredibly interested in the development of politics in America, from the network’s perspective, and although I’m rarely on the channel, this interview was definitely worth watching. Ex-MTVer Kennedy is now one of the popular hosts on Fox, and here’s a cool interview she recently completed with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, who talked about proportional representation, Citizens United and Bernie Sanders.
Over the weekend, over a dozen previously unheard Nirvana alternate mixes and demo takes inexplicably made their way online.
Intrepid Reddit users (via Stereogum) have meticulously combed through the tracks and pulled out as much information as they could. Though the source of the material is unclear, here’s what we do know: Included in the 14 songs are at least four outtakes from the band’s infamous Sound City sessions: a “Sappy” outtake, a new “Verse Chorus Verse” mix, and two versions of “Old Age”.
If you’re not convinced Dave Grohl is the greatest rock star in the world, let me bring this video out from 2009. Dave stops the concert to prevent a small kid, Ethan from being crushed at the front of the crowd, at the end of ‘Dead End Friends’, at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom during Them Crooked Vultures’ tour of Europe.
If you’re an artist, one way to handle criticsm or shade, as the kids like to call it, is to simly ingore them, and don’t feel the trolls. Or, if you’re Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain in 1992, you can make a video mocking the letter-writer in response to their Sassy Magazine cover story. Yes, that’s Kurt standing in a dress, lipstick, and fake mustache, mouthing along and acting out the words.
Here’s the couple in response to someone not liking their iconic Sassy cover.
Two decades before a bunch of geeky American boys messing around on computers created social media, an earlier generation of geeky kids (mostly boys) messing around on guitars created another sort of social network. At its heart was the kind of music you wouldn’t hear on commercial radio or, except in the wee hours of Monday mornings, on MTV. It came on the heels of 1970s punk rock, and while it owed something to punk’s velocity and sneer, the spirit was experimental, as if all the old rules had been swept away. Ragged guitar riffs, ferocious decibel levels, and unpredictable song structures were its trademarks, but the sounds—from the percussively headlong to the distorted and depressive—proliferated as fast as the labels for them. Under the various headings of punk, post-punk, hardcore, alt-rock, underground, noise rock, post-rock, and, most generic, indie rock, bands such as Mission of Burma, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, and Slint laid down the soundtrack of an alternative culture. If you were over the age of 30 when the Berlin Wall fell, this music probably seemed pretty much pointless. If, on the other hand, you were in your teens or 20s, especially if you were a skinny white male and wore glasses, it’s just possible that indie rock sounded like community—salvation, even.
Everywhere, the line between fan and performer was paper-thin. The approach was anarchic and participatory: the idea (at least theoretically) was that anyone could get a band together, learn to play, and maybe even press a record and take the show on the road. At the same time, indie music was a judgmental world of cognoscenti, of teenage boys disputing Talmudically about guitar tunings and feedback. Hole-in-the-wall venues, alternative record stores, ragtag independent record labels, and copy shops incubated a subculture where outsiders became insiders and found one another. Flyers on telephone poles were its smoke signals, xeroxed fanzines were its telegraph wires, bringing news from far-flung scenes. Before the breakthrough success in 1991 of Nirvana—whose album Nevermind topped the Billboard charts and eventually sold more than 30 million copies worldwide—raw and abrasive rock, by definition, meant tastes and sounds that could never become popular.
Titled “Top 50 by Nirvana,” this list of favourite albums by the group includes plenty of selections that will be familiar to the band’s fans: The Vaselines, Sonic Youth, The Raincoats, The Wipers, Leadbelly. But there are some fascinating surprises from Public Enemy to Mazzy Star to Rites of Spring.
Producer and musician Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Foo Fighters, Green Day) looks back at his long career, from early days at Smart Studios and the smash success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, to making music with his own band Garbage.